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VACATION 



THE STICK 



VACATION 



Vol. Ill, No. 26 



State Teachers College, Fitchburg 



Friday, April 29, 1938 



I Frost To Be Presented May 9th 



W. A. A. PLAYDAY 
WELL ATTENDED 

A well organized and perfectly 
scheduled Play Day provided a 
memorable and enjoyable occa- 
sion for both the high school visi- 
tors and the Teachers College 
hostesses on Tuesday afternoon, 
April 26; the high schools repre- 
sented being Lunenburg, Groton, 
Leominster, Fitchburg, and St. 
Bernard's. Florence Lovell proved 
her efficiency as general chair- 
man of the Play Day, ably guided 
by Miss Bolger and Elinore 
Scully, and assisted by the W.A. 
A. Board members. 

The initial event of the after- 
noon was the championship vol- 
leyball game between the Black 
and White varsities. 

Following this game the activ- 
ities were divided into two 

— Continued On Page Four 



SPECIAL ISSUE 
OF THE STICK 

Believing that experience is 
the best teacher, the class on 
school publications, taught by 
Mr. Hague, will organize and dis- 
tribute one of the regular issues 
of The Stick on May 20th. 

At a meeting of the staff of the 
Stick last Monday it was voted 
to allow the School Publications 
class to take over the publica- 
tion of one issue in May. There 
are eight students in the class and 
these students have elected staff 
members as follows: Editor, 
Herbert Downs Associate Editor, 
Thornton Pettee; Feature Editor, 
Roger Holt; Assistant Feature 
Editor, Leonard Murphy; News, 

— Continued On Page Four 



COLLEGE AUDITORIUM 

TO BE SCENE OF 

LECTURE 

Robert Frost, who will appear 
at the Teachers College on May 




ROBERT FROST 

9 at 8: 15 under the auspices of 
the Gavaleer and Mohawk Clubs, 
is celebrating this week the 
twenty-fifth anniversary of the 
publication of "North of Boston" 
and "A Boy's Will", his first 
volumes of poetry. 

Recognition that failed to 
come to Frost from his home- 
land came to him in England, and 
°n elegant book of tributes and 
friendly criticisms has recently 
been published under the title 
"Recognition of Robert Frost." 
English and American critics, 
poets, and anthologists agree 
that Frost is the greatest of the 
living American if not of the 
living world poets. 

— Continued On Paso Four 



MOHAWK CLUB TO 
HOLD BANQUET 

The Mohawk Club will hold its 
annual banquet on Sunday, May 
15, at 5 P.M. with Harry O'Con- 
nell in charge of arrangements 
for the affair which this year 
will be held at the Hotel Ray- 
mond. 

Alumni secretary Vincent Glen- 
nen has contacted Alumi members 
and reports that a large number 
are expected to be present. Each 
year the banquet serves as a op- 
portunity for the renewing of 
friendships between members 
and alumni. 

Community singing will be en- 
joyed during the evening. 



WEEK OF MAY 9TH 
TO BE SENIOR WEEK 

The week of May 9th, follow- 
ing vacation has been set aside 
as "Senior Week" at the Senior 
class will have charge of the as- 
semblies that week. The assem- 
bly Tuesday is to be a complete 
surprise so the details of it are 
being kept secret. The committee 
has promised, however, that it 
will be humorous and highly en- 
tertaining. 

At the assembly Thursday the 
Seniors will appear in their grad- 
uation caps and gowns. The com- 
mittee has secured for their guest 
speaker Thurston Munson, an in- 
ternationally known artist. Mr. 
Munson will give a lecture on his 
travels and make sketches while 
he is lecturing. He has traveled 
j ?nd studied extensively in Eu- 
! rope and has had the distinction 
t of having some of his paintings 

— Continued On Page Fo-ir 



Page Two 



THE STICK 



Friday, April 29, 1938 



THE 




STICK 



EDITORIAL STAFF 



Editor-in-Chief 
Associate Editor 
Business Manager 
News Editor 
Sports Editors 

Shop Foreman 



Andrew Owens 

Herbert Downs 
Harry O'Connell 

Lester Aldrich 
Mary Disken 

Alfred Turner 
Harry O'Connell 



Friday, April 29, 193 J 



EDITORIAL 
INTRA MURAL SPORTS 

Last year an Intra-Mural 
Sports Board, consisting of Mr. 
Healy and two representatives 
from each of the four classes, 
was formed. The purpose of this 
board was to conduct and stimu- 
late intra-class competition in 
various sports. The students co- 
operated so well with the board 
in five activities last year that 
it was decided to extend the pro- 
gram to include ten activities 
this year. This was done to in- 
sure every man a chance to par- 
ticipate in at least one event. 
However, in checking over the 
records, we find that less than 
25% of the men have partici- 
pated in any activity this year, 
as compared to 80% of the men 
who participated in all of the five 
activities last year. In trying to 
ascertain the reason for this let- 
down of student cooperation the 
Board has considered the follow- 
ing points: 

1. Lack of time on the part of 
the students. This cannot be the 
reason because most of the stu- 
dents' classes end an hour earlier 
than last year. 

2. The activities do not appeal 
to the students. This cannot be 
the reason because the board has 
included sports that the men re- 
quested, and those snorts fared 
no better than the rest of the 
activities. 

3. Commuting students must re- 



turn home early. This is one of 
the causes for the lack of student 
participation. 

4. Lack of interest on the part 
of the students. This seems to be 
the basic cause of the let-down. 

What are we as students going 
to do about remedying this situa- 
tion? 



THE WEEK S SCHEDULE 

FOR THE WEEK OF 
MAY 9th TO 14th 
Monday 

3: 15— Baseball 

Salem vs F.T.C. (here) - 
8:15 — Robert Frost lecture 

Tuesday 
11:00— Assembly 
12:45 — Intra-mural Meeting 
12:30— Glee Club 
4:00— Girl's baseball 
3:30— Baseball Practice 

Wednesday 
3:00 — Girl's Horseshoe Tour- 
nament 

Thursday 
11:00— Assembly 
12:40— M. A. Board Meeting 
4:00— Girl's baseball 
3:30— Baseball Practice 

Friday 
3:30 — Baseball Practice 
Saturday 
New Britain vs F.T.C. (away) 



Inter-dormitory Party 

An inter-dormitory party was 
held at Miller Hall on April 27 
planned by the joint social com- 
mittees of the two dormitories. 
Dancing and cards were enjoyed, 
and Miss Cornelia Sheehan sang. 



Announcements of Tryouts 
Debating Society 

The Debating club will hold 
tryouts for membership on Wed- 
nesday afternoon May 11, at 
three o'clock. All students inter- 
ested in debating are urged to try 
out. A list of qualifications for 
membership was published in a 
recent edition of the Stick. A 
similar list will be posted on the 



bulletin board, together with 
other news of import to incom- 
ing members. 

Glee Club News 

The Glee Club has decided to 
postpone their presentation of 
Gilbert and Sullivan's "Trial by 
Jury" until Fall. The pressure of 
time and an already filled social 
calendar have made this decision 
necessary. 

In making this decision the Glee 
Club has ended its activities this 
spring with the exception of the 
election of officers and a final 
meeting during which singing 
will be dominant. 

In spite of the many limitations 
put on its activities this season, 
the Club is looking forward to a 
very active and productive pro- 
gram next year. 



SENIORS MAKE ANNUAL 
VISIT TO WAVERLY 

Wednesday twenty seniors of 
the Junior High and Practical 
Arts courses visited the Walter E. 
Fernald State School at Waverly. 
They were under the direction of 
Dr. Percival and accompanied by 
Miss Mahoney and Mr. Sullivan 
of the Faculty. 

The time there was occupied 
by visits to the classrooms, shops, 
and to the gymnasium where 
activities were being carried on. 
The orchestra composed of the 
pupils played, and a talk upon 
the work being carried on was 
heard. 

Mr. Maurice Burns of the class 
of '35 is teaching at Waverly at 
the present time and Mr. Kanis, 
one of our graduate students, 
taught there for a period of three 
years. Teaching at an institu- 
tion such as Waverly which is for 
the feeble minded, aids greatly 
in the preparation for supervi- 
sors of special classes. 

About a dozen of Fitchburg's 
recent graduates have positions 
in the schools of Waverly, Bel- 
chertown, and Wrentham which 
are located nearby. 



Friday, -April 29, 1938 



THE STICK 



Page Three 



TEAM SHOWS 
IMPROVEMENT 

MEN'S SPORTS 



SPORT PAGE 



EVEN IN 
DEFEAT 



HYANNISPINS 10-4 
DEFEAT ON FITCHBURG 

Fitchburg's baseball team tasted 
defeat last Saturday afternoon 
when they bowed to Hyannis 
Teachers by a score of 10 to 4. 

It was anybody's ball game un- 
til the fifth inning. Then the fire- 
works started. With the bases 
loaded as a result of three walks 
in succession the Hyannis boys 
started hammering the ball 
around the field. When their half 
of the inning was over, four runs 
had piled up. They also scored 
four in the sixth inning. Fitch- 
burg's runs came in the seventh 
and ninth innings. 

Pierce pitched a great ballgame 
for Hyannis, holding F. T. C.'s 
batters to three scattered hits. 

Kansanniva, Fitchburg's start- 
ing twirler pitched excellent ball 
for four innngs, striking out a to- 
tal of six men. In the fifth, how- 
ever, he was sent to the showers 
after he had walked three men in 
a row. 

Fitchburg's fielding game has 
shown a marked improvement 
over last year, especially in the 
infield. The hitting, as seen by 
Saturday's game, can stand more 
improvement. 

Moore, Lanza, and Kansanniva 
each getting one hit, were the 
only Fitchburg players to hit safe- 
ly. Moore's was a clean two base 
drive. 

Bresnahan, the last of the four 
Fitchburg pitchers, took the 
mound in the seventh frame. Al- 
though the Hyannis hitters got 
two runs off him, his pitching 
was steady and effective. 

VOLLEYBALL 

Sophomore P. A. wins Intra- 
mural championship with out 
playing one gams. 



Last Wednesday afternoon, 
when the Senior G.M. failed to 
make their appearance for the 
deciding game of the volleyball 
tournament, the Sophomore P.A. 
were acclaimed the tournament 
champions. They set a new rec- 
ord when they won all the games 
by forfeits. 



m 



SOFTBALL 

With the volleyball season 
over, softball will now take the 
spotlight for the remainder of 
the school year. The first game 
is to be played the Tuesday after 
vacation. The intra-mural board 
has appointed Edward Donnelly 
and Francis Loukkala to take 
charge of softball this season. The 
board is asking the cooperation 
of men students in making their 
tournament a success. 

TENNIS 

COURT RULES 

Althought our tennis courts are 
far from perfect, using them 
wisely will be a great asset in 
getting them into better condi- 
tion. 

We ask you, of the student 
body, to live up to the following 
regulations 

1. Do not play on courts unless 
you are wearing sneakers. Cut 
away heels are not acceptable. 

2. If the courts are wet keep off. 

3. If some one else is waiting to 
play, give up your court if you 
have played for one hour. 

4. The tennis courts are for Col- 
lege Students. If you see any 
outsiders on them, please ask 
them in a nice way to leave. 

5. If you are playing and it be- 
gins to rain, lower the net and 
stop playing. 



WOMEN'S SPORTS 
VOLLEYBALL 

The White team came into its 
own when it defeated the Black 
team, 24-18, to win the volley- 
ball championship in the final 
game of the tournament on Tues- 
day afternoon in the gym. 

Due to the fact that the White 
team captain Ellen Dormin, was 
in training and could not play, 
the Black team dropped its most 
valuable player, Arlene Mola- 
ghan. The fighting spirit that 
Ellen had put into the White 
players, however, carried them 
to victory. 

The outcome of the tournament 
put all three color teams in win- 
ning position for the shield. The 
Black team is leading with 225 
points; the Orange team is in 
second place with 175 points and 
the White team now has 100 
points. Much will depend on the 
results of the softball, horseshoe, 
and archery tournaments which 
will take place after vacation. - 

TENNIS 

Miss Dorothy Stafford con- 
ducted the season's first techni- 
que class in tennis in the gym on 
last Friday afternoon. After a 
brief explanation of the scoring 
of points, sets, and matches, the 
girls were taught how to stand 
and receive a ball correctly, and 
the most common methods of 
serving. 

Due to the recently improved 
condition of the courts, it is hoped 
that techinque classes will soon 
be held outside. The girls are ex- 
tremely fortunate in having Miss 
Stafford as a tennis advisor be- 
| cause she can ably prescribe for 
all tennis ailments, having had 
considerable experience in the 
teaching and coaching of tennis. 



Page Four 



THE STICK 



Friday, April 29, 1938 




SPRING IS HERE! 

BY THE SPIRIT OF '41 

Did you hear these: 

"I like scrowging." Nellie C. 

"I'm not fussy." Ann H. 

"I can't, I've got to take my 
Moxie home." Joe D. 

"I'll be your Oscar for tonite." 
G. King 

"J. Warren, you have every- 
thing." R. Lagsdin 

Rudy has found his Snow 
White, but has Snow White found 
her Prince Charming? 

What's that in the road — a 
head? 

Stoney, where do you think 
*porking' will get you — in the 
end? 

Senior P.A., what are you doing 
— next vacation? 

A little sound advice to whom 
it may concern: The year is com- 
ing to a close and we should pay 
up our bills which we have ac- 
cumulated at the College Spa. Mr. 
Cassassa has treated us swell this 
year, letting us gather there be- 
fore and after soccer games, bas- 
ketball games, dances and all the 
social events and club meetings. 

Where did all the boys get sun- 
burns Sunday? How did you all 
find room down by the brook. 

It wasn't a dream, Harry, she 
was real but she was only visit- 
ing Ruthie L. for a few days. 
Better luck next time, Harry. 

Orchids to Coach Jeffrey, Ray 
Boyce, John Bresnahan, Bob Mac- 
dowell and Mr. Bellonte for the 
swell job they did on the diamond 



last Saturday morning before the 
game. 

The boys looked pretty good 
Saturday. Keep it up fellows the 
breaks can't always be against 
you. 

The Flood was rising so she 
jumped into her Carr, threw it 
in Gearan raced through the 
Gates on a Tripp to the Hyland. 
While Hedin for the Hill she 
thought Moran Moore of the 
Stonehouse there and her Roth 
was aroused so that she Preston 
the accelerator. Catching Holt of 
herself she found that she was 
just Waring herself out on Pettee 
Love. Reaching the top of the 
Hill she had to Parker Carr and 
gather Woods to Frye some Sal- 
mon and Rice on the Grill. For 
desert she had a Berry to keep 
her from getting Gray Haire and 
called it a Day, going to sleep 
with the thought Lovell find a 
way. 



— Continued From P^ge One 

Special "Stick"— 

John Loiko; Assistant News Edi- 
tor, Stephen Lezek; Sports Editor, 
Alfred Turner; Business Manager, 
Harry O'Connell. 

Plans are well under way and 
there are a few secrets being 
whispered to the effect that the 
issue might be a large one. Con- 
tributions will be accepted at any 
time by any of the above men- 
tioned students. 



— Continued From Page One 

PLAY DAY— 

rounds, the first of which con- 
sisted of aerial darts and tenni- 
quoit in the gym. The second 
round took place outdoors with 
tennis, pingpong, and horseshoes. 

A demonstration of the various 
phases of the Modern Dance was 
then given by the Seniors, fol- 
lowing an introduction and ex- 
planation by Miss Bolger. The 
highlight was the final number, 
the interpretation of "Commuters" 
which was a creation by the Sen- 
iors. Another number which prov- 
ed unique was the interpreta- 
ton of a study in "Swing". 

The college students expressed 
whole-hearted approval of the 
high school group and hope that 
many of them would be F. T. C. 
Freshmen next fall. 



— Continued From Page One 

Senior Week — 

hung in Paris. Mr. Munson main- 
tains a studio in New York City 
at the present time. 

The committee in charge of 
arrangements consists of Mary 
Clark, Chairman; Worsely Fardy, 
Alice Feehan, Mary Gargulinski, 
Bernard Roth, Leonard Savigna- 
no, Helen Paul, Charles Minnick, 
Nellie Clark, and Leonard Nisula. 



— Continued From Page One 

Frost Lecture — 

Representatives from eight 
I towns and cities, and from five 
' schools other than those in Fitch- 
burg have already purchased 
I tickets. A concerted canvas of 
the student body is being made 
; to see that every member of the 
college hears Mr. Frost. Members 
of the two men's clubs have 
tickets. 



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